First Edition   ©2016

LaunchPad Solo for Literature (Six Month Access)


  • ISBN-10: 1-319-02734-2; ISBN-13: 978-1-319-02734-6; Format: LaunchPad Solo

Interactive modules are easy to use, assign, and monitor to guide students through close readings of 10 widely-taught texts (stories, poems, scenes from plays) based on 3-4 common assignments:

  • Respond to a Reading: Using marginal questions that point to specific lines and moments in the selection, students are asked to read carefully and think critically about important issues raised by the text.
  • Draw Connections: Students are asked to read and compare two or more complementary texts, which have been annotated to highlight key moments and helpful contextual information. Students respond in writing to a series of questions that highlight important similarities and differences between the texts.
  • Collaborate on a Reading: Using the highlighting tools and notes feature in LaunchPad, instructors can post notes or questions about specific moments or issues in a text, prompting students to respond with their own comments, questions, or observations. Students can also respond to each other, further deepening their understanding of the text.
  • Listen to a Reading: Select modules include an audio recording of the selection or reading by the author. A series of accompanying questions ask students to reflect on key aspects of the recording.

More than 200 literature texts – and the ability to add your own. Assign additional commonly assigned readings from the many publisher-provided poems, short stories, play scenes, essays, and contextual documents. Instructors can assign these readings – or upload their favorite texts – and create a customized lesson or module around the selection.

Close to 500 hundred reading comprehension quizzes on commonly taught stories, poems, plays, and essays. These multiple choice quizzes report to the instructor gradebook and help students test their understanding of a specific literary selection.

Instruction and Exercises on the Elements of Literaturefiction, poetry, drama, figurative language, and more – provide students with an overview of key literary concepts and invite them to test their understanding.

Critical Approaches to Literature offer students a brief guide to each of the key critical lenses for approaching literature.

Author videos on the elements of literature are perfect for the YouTube generation and include T.C. Boyle on comedy in fiction, Anne Rice on transitions in fiction, and Frank McCourt on voice. Using the video editing tools in LaunchPad, instructors can annotate, assign, and add questions or comments to these videos, as well as apply these tools to videos that they upload themselves.

Thinking Aloud about Literature videos provide a window into the close-reading process of three students as they work their way through a poem by Louise Glück.

A Glossary of Literary Terms is a comprehensive resource for students and instructors.

MLA Instruction and Practice prepare students for writing and documenting their sources using The MLA Handbook 8e (2016).

LearningCurve adaptive quizzing is game-like online quizzing that adapts to what students already know and helps them focus on what they need to learn. It offers a thorough coverage of grammar topics, MLA and APA citation, and argument.

More than 100 Grammar Girl podcasts offer a different way to experience and understand writing, grammar, and punctuation. The host, Mignon Fogarty (a.k.a. Grammar Girl), offers clear, upbeat, and sometimes humorous takes on a variety of English-language topics.